Archive for the ‘ Fear and Arousal ’ Category


Friday, December 7th, 2018

First-responders are those rescuers that are first to arrive at any catastrophic event – whether “natural” (such as a flood or earthquake) or man-made (such as mass school-shootings or terrorist attacks). The knowledge obtained by studying enduring psychological reactions among rescuers has far-reaching public health implications. Following the spate of deadly mass-shootings over the past Read more…

The Confirmation Hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh: An example of Political Terrorism

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

The stage appeared set for the “Perfect Storm”: Urgently in need of optics that portrayed the Republicans as a club of White-Men bullying a traumatized assault- victim, they limited their role to a single interview by a Trauma-Prosecutor. What “real-life”, spontaneous, interaction occurred, was limited to the Democratic Members of the Judicial Committee. And Christine Read more…

Letting your Child “Cry it out”: A big No-No according to Scientific Studies

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Darcia Narvaez, an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, recently wrote in Psychology Today how excessive crying out could be dangerous for children, leading to a lifetime of harm.   In trauma research, foraging patterns are used to study stress responses by replicating different attachment models. A research team led by Read more…

The Yom-Kippur debacle: How Israel`s underlying “Good Mother Complex” toward the U.S. almost proved fatal

Friday, January 30th, 2015

In my book titled Psychological Trauma, I attempt to explain the interpersonal dynamics of three functional entities involved in abuse, whether domestic or political (published by Authorhouse, 2015). A model posing a triad of predator, victim, and caretaker, applies both at the individual or community level. Since its establishment as a sovereign Jewish State in 1948, Read more…

The Tripartite Theory of Trauma Psychological

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

The Tripartite Theory of psychological Trauma proposes that the dynamics in which trauma plays out should be broadened to include the role of derelict caretaker-functioning; which completes a dynamic triad to that of victim-predator-caretaker.
When a parent or other caretaker (including a government) fails to protect the potential victim, leading to a trauma occurrence. When domestic or political caretakers collude with or emulate the role of the predator , the delicate balance required for communal survival is disrupted. While media-attention tends to focus on the drama of particular trauma-events, the role of caretaker failure remains elusive despite its role being the most critical variable.

What Happens to the Brain in PTSD?

Monday, July 8th, 2013

In 1937, James Papez proposed in his now-classic article, based on his anatomical research, “emotions have an anatomical mechanism and location in the brain” (“A Proposed Mechanism of Emotion.” Arch. Neurol. Psychiatry (1937): 38). Dr. MacLean, the leading authority in limbic neurology, in general championed Papez`s findings. He insisted that in the process of evolution Read more…

Fear and Arousal following Trauma

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Fear and Arousal following Trauma Fear is one of the most powerful primary negative emotions resulting from psychological trauma. I will discuss some of the neurobiology of the “fear cascade” in a separate article. Fear is a survival serving emotion, triggered by threat that activates a complex set of changes throughout the body via a Read more…